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The Curiosity Index (24.05.2019)

Hello. It’s been a while. Our Father’s Voice I liked this from Emma Scrivener. “God’s words versus mine. But Faith says ‘I am not my feelings.”  Faith says, “Let it be to me according to Your word!” (Luke 1:38).” He Paid The Debt They Would Have Had to Pay Stephen McAlpine is first out of the gate with turning this news story into a sermon illustration. When you throw a gospel stone into a pond the ripples can go beyond what we could ever  expect.  And if that can happen when a…

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Christian Living 

Porn: How to talk about it & what to do about it

Pornography is a pretty ubiquitous subject on blogs these days and sadly a common one on Christian blogs like this one. It’s a significant problem and the use of pornography by Christian men (still mostly men) and women is growing not diminishing. Pornography is a big issue and a big problem. Google tried to ban it from its blog platform and then swiftly backtracked on the decision because well, lots of people like and use and look at porn a lot. This culture is a challenge to Christians on a whole number of levels and…

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The Curiosity Index (13.03.2015)

The power of forgiveness and why you need to forgive Talking of the need forgiveness, do you care less about your sin than you used to? I enjoyed this story of the world’s smallest skyscraper And as the weekend is nearly here you may be giving some thought to leisure activities. So here are 17 things you should do on Sunday instead of surfing the net (proved popular when last shared) If you’re thinking of going to the cinema, see if there is one as good as these Lastly, how to…

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Therapy, sin & modern idols

I’ve often heard Christians say they struggle talking about sin for fear of coming across as judgemental. It’s an understandable concern but a largely unnecessary one. Sin, not just as an action but as an idolatry, can be identified by its destructive consequences and you don’t need to step into a church to hear about. Step instead into the therapist’s office. Late last year the Guardian published this article about therapy in Britain today and the estimated one million people who visited a therapist. One of the therapists interviewed said, “The fundamental issue…

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Christian Living 

Picking up sticks

I’ve just listened to an energetic debate between Steve Chalke and Andrew Wilson (you can see it here) on whether the authors of the Bible misheard God. The debate starts around Numbers 15:32-36 with a man being stoned to death for picking up sticks and concludes with a fiery to and fro about Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11. Steve argues, essentially, that God doesn’t strike people down and makes his case on his understanding of who Jesus is. Jesus didn’t strike the woman caught in adultery down and because…

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Who can stand?

Recently Psalm 130 was read out at one of our Wednesday evening gatherings, with the emphasis on verses 3 & 4. “If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.” (Psa 130:3-4) It contrasts our sinfulness, God’s holiness and compassion and our response in just 23 words. Theology in poetry or song is a beautiful thing. But it’s easy to mis-read it. The initial question is framed in such a way that the answer seems obvious.…

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